May
05
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Project Details

A fabulous bench for the end of the bed, your entryway or even in the backyard for a little enjoyment of the great outdoors... Did I mention easy to build? This will be a bit like a puzzle and fun to piece together!

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$50-$100
Dimensions
Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 2x3 at 8’
  • 1 – 2x2 at 8’  
  • 6 – 1x2 at 8’  
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x3 at 16-3/4” – Legs 
  • 2 – 2x3 at 16” – Bottoms              
  • 2 – 2x2 at 46” – Tops        
  • 4 – 1x2 at 3-7/8” – Ends   
  • 27 – 1x2 at 16” – Slats      
  • 52 – 1x2 at 3/4” – Spacers
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Legs. On the top edge, measure 1/4” and make a mark. From this point, mark and cut a 45-degree angle. Make a 45-degree angle cut (perpendicular to the 45-degree angle on the top of the Leg) on the bottom of the Leg. 

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Bottoms. Cut each end at a 45-degree angle as shown. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Bottoms (on the longest side of the Bottom, which will face downward when assembled). Attach the Bottoms to the Legs as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Tops. Cut each end at a 45-degree angle as shown. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Tops (on the longest side of the Top, which will face upward when assembled). Attach the Tops to the Legs as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Ends. Cut only one end of each End piece at a 45-degree angle as shown. Attach the Ends to the Tops as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. See how the Ends hide those pocket holes? Nifty, huh?

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Slats and Spacers. Place the first Slat next to the End pieces, flush on each end with the Tops. Secure the Slat to the Ends with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails, countersunk (brads will be nailed through the side of the Slat into the Ends). Next, position Spacers next to the Slat, one on each Top. Secure the Spacers to the Tops with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Repeat this step until the last Slat has been positioned on the other end, next to the End pieces. The best way to finish this piece is to have the Slats one color and the rest of the pieces another color – this will give the really cool effect of the Slats “cutting” into the Bench. 

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Apr
28
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Project Details

So in all of my genius glory it appears that I posted the armless unit for this fab reef sectional sofa, and then forgot to draft plans for the corner unit. Yahoo. Well today we rectify that crazy and we give you... wait for it... the corner unit! I bet you weren't going to guess that, eh? What say you? Do you prefer your sectional sofas with all working parts and plans? Thought you might...

To view the other plan for this pair and to build an actual sectional sofa, you will want to visit the plan for the Reef Armless Unit and the cushion options here that will work best are the Threshold Outdoor Deep Seating Cushion which retails for $29 and two or three 18" toss pillows for the back. Alternatively you might also use a cushion like this for the seat which retails for $19 and would help cut cost in a large quantity but it is decidedly less boxy than the other for sure, so this is a style and budgetary choice that can be made and it is yours to make my friends!

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram or @thedesconf on twitter so I am sure to see it!

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$50-$100
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 4 – 2x4 at 8’  
Materials
Cut List
  • 5 – 2x4 at 27-1/4” – Back Legs and Corner Back Leg
  • 2 – 2x4 at 28-1/4” – Sides            
  • 1 – 2x4 at 12-1/2” – Front Leg     
  • 2 – 2x4 at 33-1/4” – Tops             
  • 1 – 2x4 at 26-1/4” – Front Apron
  • 1 – 2x4 at 20-1/2” – Seat Support
  • 1 – 2x4 at 6-1/4” – Seat Support Extension
  • 1 – 2x4 at 20-1/2” (ripped down to 2-3/4” wide) – Center Seat Support    
  • 3 – 1x4 at 20-1/2” – Seat Slats
  • 6 – 1x4 at 16-3/4” – Back Slats    
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for two of the Back Legs, the Front Leg, and Sides. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the Sides and in the tops of the Back Legs. For one side of the chair, assemble the Back Leg, Front Leg, and Side as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  For the other side of the chair, assemble the Back Leg and Side as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the two Tops, the Corner Back Leg, the remaining two Back Legs, and the Front Apron. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Front Apron and in the top end of the Corner Back Leg. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. 

With the Kreg jig still set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of the two remaining Back Legs. Assemble the other Top to the two remaining Back Legs as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. 

Assemble the pieces as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  Attach the second Top to the Corner Back Leg with 2-1/2” wood screws, if needed (depending on where you drilled the pocket holes on the Corner Back Leg, you may need additional reinforcement).  

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Center Seat Support, the Seat Support, and the Seat Support Extension. The Center Support will be a 2x4 ripped down to 2-3/4” wide and will be located 3/4” down from the top of the Sides to allow for the Seat Slats. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Center Seat Support, Seat Support, and Seat Support Extension. Assemble as shown with glue and 2 1/2” pocket hole screws. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Seat Slats. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the Seat Slats. Attach the Seat Slats to the Seat Support and Front Apron with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Secure the Seat Slats to the Center Seat Support with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Back Slats. The angles may be a little tricky but they should be cut at approximately 25 degrees. (see drawing). Once the angles are cut, set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in both ends of each Back Slat. Attach to the Seat Support and Top with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Outdoor 
Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Apr
27
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Brashmode's Rolling Bed Board Table

This gorgeous beauty comes to us from @brashmode via Instagram and our newly created hashtag #builtTDCtuff. It's a great way for you to share all of your gorgeous builds on social channels you already use and of course to be showcased and shared with the world... or at least those people who follow along with us socially, you know... This build is quite the stunner and what a fabulous luxury item to add to your home. Who needs to leave anyhow? Not me...

Here is what she says:

The McParents Helped Us Build This Rolling Occasional Table & Now I Cant Imagine Life Without It. Was So Easy! Here's A Link To The Plans From @thedesignconfidential If You Wanna Give It A Shot

Yahoo, I hope you do give it a shot!

To Read More About This Build, Visit This Blog Post 
Apr
22
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Project Details

Happy Earth Day friends! I'm pretty excited because today's plan is basically to. die. for. So good. And there isn't much that celebrates our gorgeous green(-ish) earth more than building your own furniture in an environmentally responsible way. No hidden chemicals or blood diamonds are used during the making of your own furniture and of course there is absolutely no animal testing whatsoever. If you can use reclaimed wood or lumber and give your materials a second chance at life while sparing the young growth, well then you have indeed done a good thing. Yahoo.

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves!

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$75-$125
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 10 – 1x3 at 8’  
  • 7 – 2x4 at 8’  
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x4 at 11-3/4” – Legs                                                 
  • 2 – 2x4 at 15” – Headboard Sides                                   
  • 2 – 2x4 at 85” – Sides                                                       
  • 2 – 1x2 at 78” – Cleats                                                      
  • 1 – 2x4 at 82” – Center Support                                     
  • 2 – 2x4 at 9-1/4” – Center Support Legs                       
  • 2 – 2x4 at 78” – Headboard and Footboard Frames    
  • 2 – 2x4 at 78” – Headboard Supports                            
  • 10 – 1x3 at 78” – Slats
Instructions

Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a paste wax, spray on Poly, or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Legs. You can draw out the shape of the Leg through using the measurements or the degree of cut. If using the degree of cut, remember to start at the corners that meet up with the corner of the lumber that will not be cut off (for this example, the top left corner and the bottom right corner). With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of each Leg.
 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 2

Cut the piece for the Headboard Sides. You can draw out the shape of the Headboard Side through using the measurements or the degree of cut. If using the degree of cut, remember to start at the corners that meet up with the corner  of the lumber that will not be cut off (for this example, the top right corner and the bottom left corner). With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the bottom ends of each Headboard Side. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Sides and Cleats. Attach the Cleat to the Side using glue and 1-1/4” countersunk screws leaving 3-1/2” at each end for the bed hardware and Headboard Frame and Footboard Frame. Attach the bed hardware according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Next, Assemble the Headboard Sides and Legs to the Side as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Repeat this step again, mirrored - one assembly for each side of the bed.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 4

Cut the piece for the Center Support and the Center Support Legs. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Center Support and in the top ends of each Center Support Leg. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Headboard and Footboard Frames. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Headboard and Footboard Frames. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 6

Assemble the Center Support with Center Support Legs as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the Headboard Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Supports. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Included are close-ups of the front and back of the Headboard Supports attached to the Headboard Sides.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 8

Cut the pieces for the Slats. The Slats will be spaced approximately 6” apart (this graphic shows 1-1/2” spacing near the Headboard Frame and Footboard Frame and 6” spacing elsewhere). Attach to the supports using 1-1/4” countersunk screws. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 9

And now for the bonus round! This bed will function great as-is, but if you want to kick it up a notch, add paracord, wire, or bungee to the Headboard (think of all the color possibilities)! This graphic shows several eye hook screws spaced 4” apart on the top and bottom (staggered) on the Headboard Supports. Simply install the eye hook screws and weave your cord through the eye hook screws in a zigzag manner as shown and secure with a solid knot. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Apr
20
2015

I saw the plans on here and thought it was awesome but I don't like paying for wood where possible so I decided to make it out of old pallets and a few scrap pieces of wood from various other projects.

Estimated Cost 

About £3

Length of Time 

1 Day

Modifications 

Because of the materials used the arm rests seemed a little flimsy so I added a couple of wedges to the front and rear legs just to give a little extra support.

I also added a brace on the front and rear legs just to strenghen up them up.

Lumber Used 

I used 2 pallets, this gave me most of the timber I needed. It seems pallets are almost all 4x1.

Fot the back rest of the chair i used some left over shiplap from a repair I made to a shed door.

For the top of the Ottoman I used some 6x1 which was originally a gravel board for a fence that got blown down and was too broken to reuse.

Finishing Technique 

Because of the nature of the wood, I didn't spend too much time sanding and I didn't fill any of the holes at all as I felt it compliments the timber.

I did think it needed some paint so decided to go with a mixed colour scheme.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Outdoor Modern Adirondack Chair + Ottoman
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Outdoor Modern Adirondack Chair + Ottoman
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Outdoor Modern Adirondack Chair + Ottoman
Apr
16
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Project Details

The iconic bench, if ever there was one. Actually I can think of a few iconic benches, but this is certainly one of them! And believe me when I say this will be an easy build. No tricky cuts or fancy things, just cut and drill, then put together like a stacking tree for kiddos. 

To check out our hundreds of other free plans, visit our plan indexAs with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are perfect for beginners, others... not so much). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves!

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$25-$75
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Tools
Lumber
  • 8 – 2x2 at 8'
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x2 at 55” – Front and Back
  • 5 – 2x2 at 38” – Centers               
  • 8 – 2x2 at 10” – Ends                    
  • 18 – 2x2 at 19” – Stands    
Instructions

Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut all the pieces for the Bench. At the end of each piece, drill a 1/2” hole that is centered 3/4” from each end. “Round out” each end by cutting the corners at a 3/4” radius. Drill additional 1/2” holes on noted pieces, centered. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 2

Lay down the Back piece. Insert the longer Threaded Rod into each hole and thread a Nut onto the back side of each Rod. Install the pieces as shown. The 1/2” drilled hole at the bottom of each Stand will take the shorter Threaded Rod.  

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 3

Continue to install pieces as shown. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 4

Keep installing!

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 5

Install the Front piece. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 6

Finally, thread a Nut on the front of each Threaded Rod to secure everything into place.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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